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Jacobs merges UK arm with Babtie


US ENGINEERING group Jacobs is merging its Reading-based infrastructure division with Glasgow-based Babtie.

The new operation will trade as Jacobs Babtie and incorporate the former Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners firm bought by Jacobs in 2001.

Its headquarters will be in Glasgow.

Last month Jacobs completed its takeover of Babtie (GE August 04).

Babtie chief executive Bill Mitchell said the Babtie board had agreed to the takeover because it fitted with the firm's plans to double turnover over the next five years. Mitchell will stay in charge of the UK operation, becoming a Jacobs vice-president.

Last year Babtie increased operating profits by 23% from £9.2M while turnover increased to £180M. Jacobs made profits of $128M (£71M) on turnover of £2.5bn.

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